Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

Governmental Affairs Committee

Dean Aurand GAC ChairChair: Dean Aurand

Staff Liason: Lynn Kendall

Meeting Time: Fourth Tuesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. in the Chamber Board Room (207)

FY18 Committee Program of Work (pending)

FY18 Committee Schedule


To increase business awareness and involvement in political and legislative issues. Advocate for business and the community at the local, state and national levels.

Committee Sponsors


Committee Members

Qusi Al'Haj Senator Thune
Mayor Steve Allender City of Rapid City
Shon Anderson B9 Creations
Dean Aurand Mid Continent Testing Lab
Gene Bilodeau Black Hills State University - Rapid City
Mike Buckingham National American University
Susie Craig Mind Over Body Massage
Brockton Davis Modern Woodmen of America
Ken Davis Pennington County 
Mike Diedrich Regional Health
Council Woman Darla Drew-Lerdal City of Rapid City
Judy Duhamel Duhamel Broadcasting
JP Duniphan Business Woman
Scott Engman Habitat for Humanity
Doug Feterl West Plains Engineering
Matt Fitting H&R Block
Chris Gross KEVN Black Hills FOX
Tom Helland Eagle Sales of the Black Hills
Arlene Ham-Burr  
Julie Jensen CVB
Dave Johnson Johnson Tree
Dr. Mark Kampfe Dentist
Jafar Karim Black Hills Corporation
Kitty Kinsman The K Group
Steve Malott SDSM&T
Jeff Marlette Senator Rounds
Sean McPherson Real Life Church
Deb Niemi BankWest
Jessica Olson Wellspring
Brad Otten Congresswoman Noem
Amy Policky RCAS School Board member
Al Rieman Black Hills Harley-Davidson
Brad Saathoff Black Hills Works
Alan Solano State Senator
Haven Stuck Lynn, Jackson, Shultz and LeBrun
Sheriff Kevin Thom Pennington County Sheriff
Craig Tieszen State Senator
Rob Timm Chiesman Center for Democracy
Nancy Trautman Pennington County Commissioner
Dr. Helen Usera Aspiring Business Consulting
Mutch Usera Black Hills Energy
Linda Lea Viken Viken Riggins Law
Bryan Vulcan FourFront Design
John Way Bank West
Vesta Wells-Johnson Creative Digital Replication
Ben Wudke Black Hills Forest Resource Association

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Chamber Events

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Community Events

June 1

Black Hills Quilt Show & Sale

When:  9:00am / Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD

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June 2

Kids’ Carnival

When:  11:00am / 526 Main Street, Rapid City, SD 57701

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June 2

Black Hills Playhouse Season Warmer with Eric Johnson and Gordy Pratt

When:  2:00pm / Black Hills Playhouse

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June 4

Hardrocker Community Golf Classic

When:  12:00pm / Arrowhead Country Club

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